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How to Delete and Retrieve Data in C# and SQL Server 2005

deleteandretrieveSQLOPIThis time, I will teach you how to delete and retrieve the data in and SQL server 2005. Deleting records are not advisable to a system, however, in developing a system, you have to put a “delete” method so that, it will be easy for you to remove whatever data that you have saved in the database for the input testing.


So, let’s get started:


  • Create a database and name it “testdb”.
  • Open Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 and create new Windows Form Application.
  • Do the Form as follows.


  • Go to the Solution Explorer, click the “View Code”  to display the code editor.


  • Declare all the classes and variable that are needed.
//initialize all classes
 SqlConnection con = new SqlConnection();
 SqlCommand cmd = new SqlCommand();
 SqlDataAdapter da = new SqlDataAdapter();
 DataTable dt = new DataTable();
 //Declare a variable
 string query;
 int result;

Note: Put using System.Data.SqlClient; above the namespace to access sql server library.

  • Go back to the design view, double-click the Form and do the following codes for the connection between C# and SQL server.
 private void Form1_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
 //connection between sql server to c#
 con.ConnectionString = "Data Source=.\\SQLEXPRESS;Database=testdb;trusted_connection=true;";
 //calling a retrieve method
  • Create a method for retrieving the records in the database to the DataGridView.
private void retrievedtg()
 //create a query for retrieving data in the database.
 query = "SELECT * FROM tbltest";
 //initialize new Sql commands
 cmd = new SqlCommand();
 //hold the data to be executed.
 cmd.Connection = con;
 cmd.CommandText = query;
 //initialize new Sql data adapter
 da = new SqlDataAdapter();
 //fetching query in the database.
 da.SelectCommand = cmd;
 //initialize new datatable
 dt = new DataTable();
 //refreshes the rows in specified range in the datasource. 
 //Get and set the data source of a Datagridview
 dataGridView1.DataSource = dt;
 catch (Exception ex)

  • Go back to the design view, double-click a button and do the following codes for deleting the records in the SQL database.
 private void button1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
 //opening connection
 //create a delete query;
 query = "DELETE FROM tbltest WHERE ID=" + dataGridView1.CurrentRow .Cells[0].FormattedValue ;
 //it holds the data to be executed.
 cmd.Connection = con;
 cmd.CommandText = query;
 //execute the data.
 int result = cmd.ExecuteNonQuery();
 //validate the result of the executed query.
 if (result > 0)
 MessageBox.Show("Data has been deleted in the SQL database");
 //calling a retrieve method
 MessageBox.Show("SQL QUERY ERROR");
 //closing connection

 catch (Exception ex)//catch exeption
 //displaying error message.





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